Very popular train to Yufuin from Hakata and Oita. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori / Yufu

The newer fleet KIHA 72 series is used for two round trips of Yufuin no Mori. As of July, 2015, one more car was added to this train set. Not it is five cars formation.
The newer fleet KIHA 72 series is used for two round trips of Yufuin no Mori. As of July, 2015, one more car was added to this train set. Not it is five cars formation.

Important notice

Heavy rain storm hit Kyushu in early July. Kyudai line near Yufuin was damaged very seriously and this segment is closed now. Yufuin no Mori and Yufu will run but it runs on the different route by the different timetable.

Yufuin no Mori timetable until September 30

Station/train# Hakata Kokura Beppu Oita Yufuin
#91 08:45 10:30 12:19 12:45 13:35
#93 11:00 12:17 14:39 14:55 15:45
Station/train# Yufuin Oita Beppu Kokura Hakata
#92 15:18 16:28 16:39 18:49 20:34
#94 17:06 18:18 18:29 20:27 21:35

*Yufuin no Mori #91 and #92 will not run on September 19, 20 and 21. Yufuin no Mori #93 and #94 will not run on September 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

Yufu timetable until September 30

Station/train# Beppu Oita Yufuin Hita
#82 08:26 09:07 09:58
#84 17:42 17:54 18:45 19:35
Station/train# Hita Yufuin Oita Beppu
#81 09:08 10:03 10:52 11:02
#83 10:41 12:14 13:14 13:25

Timetable is not available for after October 1 at this point.

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These trains connect Hakata (博多) with Yufuin (由布院) and Oita (大分) or Beppu (別府). Yufuin is one of the most popular hot springs resort in Kyushu. This is the train that you need to take when you go to Yufuin. Of course these train’s name are named from Yufuin. “Yufuin no Mori” means Yufuin’s forest. These two trains are operated on same route and can be used by Japan Rail Pass. But Yufuin no Mori is operated by the specialized car, KIHA71 or 72 series. This express train is one of the best in JR Kyushu train. So I strongly recommend to take Yufuin no Mori, not Yufu.

So let’s learn about route, schedule and accommodations of these trains.

Route, schedule and trip time

The number of trips are the following:
Yufuin no Mori (ゆふいんの森): 2 round trips between Hakata and Yufuin, and 1 round trip between Hakata and Oita
Yufu (ゆふ): 2 round trips between Hakata and Beppu, and one round trip between Hakata and Oita
These trains connect Hakata with Yufuin in 2 hours 10-15 minutes, and with Oita in 3 hours. There is no difference for the time required between Yufuin no Mori and Yufu. But the accommodation is completely different.

You can check the timetable at JR Kyushu website (English).

Stations
Hakata (博多) x
Futsukachi (二日市) x
Tosu (鳥栖) x
Kurume (久留米) x
Kurume Daigakumae (久留米大学前) *
Tanushimaru (田主丸) *
Chikugo-Yoshii (筑後吉井) x
Ukiha (うきは) *
Hita (日田) x
Amagase (天ヶ瀬) x
Bungomori (豊後森) x
Bungo-Nakamura (豊後中村) x
Yufuin (由布院) x
Yunohira (湯平) x
Mukainoharu (向之原) x
Oita (大分) x
Beppu (別府) *

x:All train stop *:Some of trains stop


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Limited Express Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA-71 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
One round trip of Limited Express Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA-71 series. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Accommodation and train formations

Both Yufuin no Mori and Yufu do not have any green car.
Yufuin no Mori is operated by KIHA 71 or KIHA 72 series. KIHA 72 is newer than KIHA 71. Those trains are produced for the resort express train to Yufuin hot springs resort. Even though these trains have no green car, those give you a higher passengers deck and great view through the huge windows. Those trains have same concept and same shape. Either 71 or 72 give you very high satisfaction.
Yufu is operated by KIHA 185 series. This is not bad, but it is nothing special.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

You may see lots of this logo inside and outside of this train. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
You may see lots of this logo inside and outside of this train. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Yufuin no Mori KIHA-71 series

The seat configurations are 2+2 and the seat pitch is 960mm. There are “Buffet” (Cafeteria) and salon space. Usually this series is used for Yufuin no Mori #3 and #4.

Images

Ordinary seat
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Buffet (Cafeteria and kiosk)
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Salon space
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Sanitary space
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Passenger’s deck and common space
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Train formation

1 2 3 4
R R/B S/R R

R=Reserved ordinary seat B=Buffet (cafeteria and kiosk) S=Salon space

Yufuin no Mori KIHA-72 series

This is newer than KIHA-71 series. But it looks very similar. The concept of this series is almost same as KIHA-71, like higher passenger’s deck and buffet. But this series does not have any salon space. The seat configurations are 2+2 and the seat pitch is 1000mm. These cars give you a bigger leg space. There are “Buffet” (Cafeteria) too. And this series has semi compartment on car #3. Usually this series is used for Yufuin no Mori #1, #2, #5 and #6.

Images

Ordinary seat
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Semi compartment on Car #3
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Buffet (Cafeteria and kiosk)
Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria) Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria), The menu shows you that Bento is 750 yen, Fried noodle is 700 yen, soft drinks are 100 to 350 yen. Yufuin no Mori KIHA72 series Buffet (Cafeteria), This menu shows you that snacks and dessert are 200 to 850 yen. Original goods are 300 to 2000 yen.

Sanitary space
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Passenger’s deck and common space
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Train formation

1 2 3 4
R R B/R R

R=Reserved ordinary seat B=Buffet (cafeteria and kiosk)

KIHA 185 series is the standard car for Yufu. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
KIHA 185 series is the standard car for Yufu. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Yufu KIHA-185 series

This train is the standard train. This is okay. But Yufuin no Mori is way better than this train. The seat configuration is 2+2. This series has been restored several times. So the seat pitch is 940 mm and some cars give you more space, 1020 mm. Yufu does not have any dining facilities and on board sales. So please buy something to eat and drink before boarding.

*Be careful!!! When KIHA 71 or 72 series for Yufuin no Mori is in maintenance, this 185 series is replaced.

Images

Ordinary seat
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Sanitary space
Yufu KIHA185 series sanitary space

Train formation

1 2 3
R R/NR R

R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat

123 thoughts on “Very popular train to Yufuin from Hakata and Oita. Limited Express Yufuin no Mori / Yufu”

  1. Hi Takeshi

    4 of us are arriving at Fukuoka Domestic Airport at 20:30 on 22/11 and will head directly to Hakata station to reserve seats.

    My plan as follows by JR Kyushu Rail Pass:
    a) 24/11 Yufuin no Mori from Beppu (12:19) to Yufuin. I was told easier to get seats departing from stations other than Hakata. Do you agree?
    b) Aso Boy, is this train travelling from Hakata to Huis Ten Bosch or Beppu to Aso between 22 – 26 Nov? My current plan is to reserve seats on 25/11 from Beppu to Aso.

    Thanks in advance and await your reply soon.

    Regards
    CK

    1. Hi CK,

      a) Maybe. As you know, this train runs on different route since rain storm hit this region. Since then, occupancy rate of Yufuin no Mori is getting decreasing. That means it’s easier to book than before. At this point, it’s hard to guess.

      b) It runs on Beppu to Aso.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/seasonal-trains-schedule/schedule-of-2017-fall-seasonal-trains-of-japan-railways.html#Limited_Express_Aso_Boy

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Hi Takeshi

      Thanks for your quick reply. Since 23/11 is a national holiday in Japan, will that affect my chances for 24 & 25 Nov on Yufuin no Mori and Aso Boy?

      In November, normal direction for Yufuin no Mori is Hakata – Yufuin – Beppu or Hakata – Beppu – Yufuin?

      Cheers

  2. Hi Takeshi

    Will be arriving in Fukuoka mid Dec early morn after a mid-night flight.
    Plan to take the Yufuin no Mori train to Yufuin or Beppu. Is it possible to get the tickets for the same day train to Yufuin or Beppu?
    (flight arrival 8.30am, target to the Yufuin no mori train from Hakata at about 10am if it is scheduled )

    Also intend to buy the Aso Boy tickets for my kids to ride on but will check the timetable of its operation when nearer.

    Is it worth to buy the jr pass if we intend to drive back from Beppu to Fukuoka? we will stay in Beppu for 3 days.

    Thanks

      1. Thank you Takeshi san. Is food available for sale in sonic trains?

        I assume eating and drinking is allowed in the trains. Correct me if I am wrong

        1. Hi Ivy san,

          You can eat and drink on Sonic or any other trains. But you cannot get anything to eat and drink on Sonic. Most of ordinary express trains do not have any on board sales. Prepare something to eat before taking trains.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hello Takeshi
    May I know if I can take Yufuin No Mori from Yufuin station to Kumamoto because we are planning to overnight at Yufuin for two days and leave the place for Kumamoto (the latest schedule showed that Yufuin No Mori No 7 only available from 27 Nov to 1 Dec .We will only arrive in Fukuoka on 28 Nov ) After that we return to Hakata. Pls advice .Thank you

    1. Hi Tkl,

      It’s very hard to say. Usually it’s slow season but this train is very very popular as you think.
      Unfortunately there is no way to book before you arrive in Japan. All I can say that just try as early as possible after you arrive in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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